Murray Edward Burley
February 18, 1940 ~ August 15, 2010
After a courageous battle against cancer, it is with sorrow we announce the passing of Murray Edward Burley.
Ray is survived by his wife, Lorraine; his daughters Diana and Linda (Randy), their mother Judy; and granddaughter Savannah. Also survived by his stepchildren Kathryne, Kathy, Jamie and their families. Residing in eastern Canada, Ray leaves behind sisters Doris, Karen & Lynne; twin brothers Edward & Earl; half sister Elizabeth and their families.
Born in Chatham Ont., Ray joined the Navy in 1957, transferred to Esquimalt in 1959 and decided to never leave his beloved west coast. He moved to Nanaimo in 1969 to raise his family. After leaving the Navy, Ray’s varied career started in the pulp mills of Port Alberni, moving on to S.Madill’s, BC Ferries and starting his own business, M.Burley Driver’s Training, in 1978. Ray finished his career with Nanaimo Commissionaires retiring in 2005.
A member of the Nanaimo chapter of Kiwanis for the last 10 years, Ray was lieutenant governor from 2005-2007. His greatest accomplishment was overseeing the completion of the Kiwanis complex on Nelson Street.
The family wishes to extend their gratitude to the staff on the 6th floor of NRGH for their wonderful care in Ray’s final months.
A celebration of Ray’s life will be held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints on Saturday, August 21st at 1:00pm, with reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Vancouver Island Military Museum (250 756-2554) located in Nanaimo North Town Centre would be appreciated.
Funeral arrangements entrusted to Sands Funeral Chapel.
Sands ~ Nanaimo